Happy Haiku to You

I had so much fun over the weekend, I felt compelled to share a couple of Haiku poems. The pictures are a repeat, but I wanted to write about them anyway.

A visit to the orchardPeppers from Sekapp Haiku

Parcel of peppers
Red, green and golden delight;
slice, dice, julienne.

Touring Mayowood Mansion

Mayowood Mansion Haiku

A tea room sits on
a hillside. Waiting for guests—
now, it’s time for tea.

Happy Tuesday to you!

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@thwhisperingpen

~Nicole

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The Tree of Life at Wine & Canvas

Happy Monday! (Is there such a thing?)

Friday, September 19th marked the second Wine & Canvas Event. Once again we had a great turn out. There were 12 spots that sold out within a week of the class being advertised. We even allowed two more to join because of the popularity.

Denise and I had everything set up by about 6:15 and had a little time to catch our breath. The painting we completed was the Tree of Life.

We painted the Tree of Life for Wine and Canvas

 

Everything is set up and we are ready for Wine & Canvas

Everyone arrived around 6:30 p.m. They poured their wine and hand-picked some of the delectable cheese and crackers Denise had purchased for the event. There was cranberry cheese and honey cheese and more…

For the painting, the background was a mixture of warm and cool color swirls, and once again, all the paintings were unique.

We started by painting cool colored circles mixing greens, blues and purples.

We started creating cool colored circles.

 

Wine & Canvas paints a tree...creating cool colored circles Wine & Canvas paints a tree...creating cool colored circles Wine & Canvas paints a tree...creating cool colored circles

Then, we moved on and painted the upper half of the canvas with warm colors—reds, yellows and oranges. After the upper half was completed, we painted our landscape and trees.

Wine & Canvas paints a tree and landscape

Wine & Canvas paints a tree Wine & Canvas paints a tree

And the finished product…

Wine & Canvas paints a tree Wine & Canvas paints a tree Wine & Canvas paints a tree Wine & Canvas paints a tree

Wine & Canvas paints a tree

The next painting coming up in October is Make a Wish! Stay tuned for details.

And now for the haiku challenge.

Day 22: Haiku Challenge

Blended colors pose
in the background while The Tree
of Life grows roots.

Have you been to a Wine & Canvas event?

~Nicole

 

 

A Hauntingly Good Book

I just finished reading Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. This was the first time I had read one of her books. Would I read another one? Yes! If you like books that will haunt you and thrill you, you’ll love this book.

The protagonist, Camille Preaker, is a wounded soul with an upbringing that could only breed the addictions that Camille possesses. Her character made me disgusted and frightened at times, but I was always rooting for Camille to overcome her demons.

sharp-objects-book-cover

Here are a few tidbits from Sharp Objects:

“I was ten and writing every other word my teacher said on my jeans in blue ballpoint. I washed them, guiltily, secretly, in my bathroom sink with baby shampoo. The words smudged and blurred, left indigo hieroglyphics up and down the pant legs, as if a tiny ink-stained bird had hopped across them.” Pg. 61

“This was the place my sister died…A town so suffocating and small, you tripped over people you hated every day.” Pg. 74

“I was hoping Betsy Nash would disappear. Literally, she was so insubstantial, I could imagine her slowly evaporating, leaving only a sticky spot on the edge of the sofa.” Pg. 89

“When we got home, she’d trail off to her room like an unfinished sentence, and I would sit outside with my face pressed against her door and replay the day in my head, searching for clues to what I’d done to displease her.” Pg. 97

“A dried-out tree rustled its branches against my window screen as if it wanted to climb in next to me for comfort.” Pg. 116

There were a few more, but I don’t want to spoil it…

Now, for the haiku challenge…These little guys posed for the camera back in July when my husband and I went to South Dakota.

Prarie Dogs in Custer State Park on the Wildlife Loop (640x480)

Day 15: Haiku Challenge

Prairie Dogs basking
in the blazing July sun.
Perfect summer day.

~Nicole

Has anyone read Gone Girl? It’s another Gillian Flynn book…

An Afternoon in Red Wing

Yes, I am behind on my haiku poems, but today is catch up day. I have lots of fun chores to finish (ha), a little writing to accomplish and a painting to create. I have another Wine & Canvas event coming up on Friday the 19th. But first, a little slice of Minnesota life.

Saturday, Adlai and I went to Red Wing. It was another beautiful day. The sun was shining, it was chilly, but gorgeous nonetheless. We hopped in the car and took the back roads to Red Wing. My only wish was that I had more energy to enjoy the day. Last week was another busy week and I needed some time to relax…point being, I didn’t take a lot of photos because I was tired, and we ended up leaving earlier than expected.

First, we stopped for lunch. It was late afternoon and most of the restaurants were closed or were only serving a few menu items. We ended up with a couple of sandwiches from the local coffee shop.

After lunch, we walked through downtown Red Wing. One of our first stops was the Red Wing Shoe retail store. Red Wing, Minnesota is home to the famous Red Wing boots. The retail store also included a museum with the largest boot in the world.

The largest boot in the world is at the Red Wing museum in Red Wing, Minnesota.

Now that’s a big boot!

The museum had a lot of information about the types of leather used and different methods of cutting and the construction of the boots.

I used to sew a lot, so I thought this little gem deserved a spot in the post too.

An industrial sewing machine at the Red Wing Boot museum.

An industrial sewing machine at the Red Wing Boot museum.

Scissor storage

A little alcove to store a pair of scissors.

After our trip through the museum, we headed over to the Red Wing Confectionery. They had an array of chocolate candy…we decided on a dark chocolate and peanut butter truffle and an Amaretto truffle.

Truffles from the local confectionery.

Truffles from the local confectionery.

After the confectionery, we stopped in a book store. I am a sucker for used book stores because I hate paying full price for books. While we were looking around, the clerk asked us if we had been in the book store before. We told him no, and he said their policy was to gift one book per person for first timers.

He asked us which genre or author we preferred, he picked a book and gave us a few minutes to read about the book. If we liked it, he told us to keep it. Of course, that made us want to buy another book since we were getting a free one. We left with 4 books for $12. Not bad…I picked a Stephen King and a Harlan Coben book. Adlai found something on hunting.

After that, we meanered through an antique shop and then headed home.

Haiku Challenge

On to my haiku poems. I couldn’t resist this little piece of art. There were several boots that various artists had painted in Red Wing. This one was my favorite. The other image is a late summer sky, and the last one is from the Badlands.

Street Art in Red Wing, Minnesota.

Day 12: Haiku Challenge

Whimsical artwork
illustrates life in Red Wing.
Stop and have a look.

 

Late summer sky

Day 13: Haiku Challenge

Above the treetops
watching a late summer sky—
gray and pink clouds sigh.

The Badlands

Day 14: Haiku Challenge

What dwells in the hills?
Summer is too hot — survive
the dry, chalky land.

I finished reading Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. Details regarding the book in tomorrow’s post.

I hope you had a lovely Sunday!

~Nicole

What’s everyone reading?

The Beautiful Black Hills

I am suffering from wanderlust. I am itching to jump a train, hop in a car or run to catch a plane. I don’t care which, but I want to go NOW! 

This urge to travel has been the inspiration for the last couple of blog posts. The last two posts were from my journey to the U.K. last year. So today, I thought I would give you a little slice of Americana.

Adlai and I traveled to South Dakota back in July and I took some photos of the beautiful landscape in Custer State Park. The photo is  hazy because of the cloud coverage that day.

The Black Hills 2014.

We loved driving through the Black Hills.

Day 10: Haiku Challenge

Rocky slivers reach
for the sky. Vegetation
is so sparse and dry.

Anyone else suffering from wanderlust?

Have you been to South Dakota (Custer State Park region)?

~Nicole

It’s Time for the Haiku Challenge!

I can’t believe it’s September! Although, I love the Minnesota summers, Autumn is also another beautiful time of the year. I thought it would be fun to combine one of my favorite forms of poetry along with photography to create the Haiku Challenge!

Traditionally, haiku has been constrained to the 5-7-5 rule, meaning, the first line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 syllables and the third line has 5 syllables. But, at times, modern haiku deviates from these rules.

According to the website Poets.org, haiku often focuses on images from nature. Haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression.

Poets.org goes on to discuss some of the masters of haiku poetry. Among the greatest traditional haiku poets are Matsuo Basho, Yosa Buson, Kobayashi Issa, and Masaoka Shiki. Here are a few examples from the masters of haiku poetry:

Matsuo Basho

An old pond!
A frog jumps in—
the sound of water.

Yosa Buson

An evening cloudburst
sparrows cling desperately
to trembling bushes

Kobyashi Issa

Everything I touch
with tenderness, alas,
pricks like a bramble.

Masaoka Shiki

the sun set behind
a traveling monk
tall in the withered field

Here is the image for my first Haiku. 

One of the many bridges on Trout Run trail in Whitewater State Park.

One of the many bridges on Trout Run trail in Whitewater State Park.

Haiku Challenge: Day 1

A tranquil, shallow
creek—resilient bridge supports
the lonely hiker.

One of the main reasons I love haiku poetry is for its simplicity. As I read through the traditional and contemporary haiku poems, I am amazed at how easy it looks to write. But, when I sit down and put pen to paper, it’s always a challenge!

Have you ever tried writing haiku poetry?

What other forms of poetry do you like writing?

Happy Labor Day!

~Nicole